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Photography - Beginners - Online Live

Day of week:
Delivered online
Mixed Level
19:00 - 21:30
6 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This is an online course delivered using Zoom, in real time with live interaction with your tutor and fellow learners.

This course aims to teach you to move beyond the automatic settings on your SLR or Mirrorless camera and learn to compose and take good photographs using manual settings. The course is open to complete beginners and is structured to form a firm basis for understanding the skills and techniques associated with designing and taking good, interesting and exciting photographs in a variety of contexts, and developing the knowledge to critique your own work effectively. There will be individual and group tuition and discussion including demonstrations in class and some location work.

This course will teach you how to use the manual and semi-automatic modes on your camera; recognising how and when to adjust apertures and shutter speeds; you will learn techniques in focusing successfully; recognise when to use different focal lengths; control ISO successfully; and introduce using flash to improve exposures.

You will also learn how to present an image ready for printing or social media. You will be set practical tasks as homework to discuss in the weekly lessons. Basic image adjustment skills are covered on this course including demonstrations using Photoshop Elements, all skills taught will be transferable to whichever digital image application you prefer.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

1. Distinguish camera mode settings for particular photographic situations.
2. Create a range of images for specific situations.
3. Adjust images for various print sizes and for publishing in different formats.
4. Identify equipment needed to optimise images for different situations.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Timothy Leek

Timothy Leek runs workshops with schools, youth centres and community groups that encourage and explore creativity through photography.
Workshops have included studio photography, digital photography, shooting on location, stop motion animation, video and portraiture. These workshops not only cover technical aspects of photography but also explore the creative side and the performative nature of the medium.
Timothy has regularly worked in collaboration with other visual artists, musicians and performance artists. He is also a part of ANIMATE ARTS COMPANY LTD a community arts company that produces and runs art workshops and projects for schools and the community.

View all courses taught by Timothy Leek here

How will I be taught?

This course will be delivered online. You will join the class from home and be able to exchange and interact with other learners as you would in the classroom (speaking and listening).

Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques.

Your tutor will give you one to one feedback throughout the course.

What do I need to have with me?

Please have with you:-

- A Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital/manual camera with various lenses and accessories.
- A tripod, film if needed, notebook and pen.

Please don't purchase any books or new equipment until you have consulted with the tutor. You will have to pay the cost of outside processing. You will also need to arrange your own transport to any location shoots.

What can I do next?

Your Tutor will be able to advise.

What do I need to join the course

A Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC). A tripod, extra lenses and accessories will also be useful, however they are not necessary to join the course and the course will cover expanding your kit. It is not necessary to purchase any books or new equipment until you have consulted with the tutor. You will have to pay the cost of outside processing.

You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/111429/K/NC.